Why is there such a push by Republicans to save the tax cuts that obviously didn’t help the economy? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for middle-class tax cuts, and it isn’t because it helps me, I don’t make enough to really benefit from them. But the only thing a tax-giveaway for the rich (let’s call it what it is) helps the economy is to allow them to invest more in crooked politicians who support corporations, not individuals. The goal for them seems to be an oligarchy where the rich can either buy or steal elections, to the detriment of the other 90% of the population.
Steal election? What a perfect segue. I read the first reports from the Governor’s recount. A challenge by the Emmer camp to a ballot that had an oval mostly filled in for Dayton, but not completely, and a challenge to a ballot that had no mark for governor that the Emmer camp said should be counted for Emmer. The judges called both those frivolous, but I think there needs to penalties for “frivolous” challenges in the recount. Kind of like in NFL football when a coach throws the red flag. In the NFL the coach loses a timeout if the challenge is “frivolous.” I think for every “frivolous challenge” in this recount, the team making the “frivolous challenge” should lose a vote. It seems fair to me. It seems that way only real questionable ballots get challenged and the recount finishes much sooner.
Speaking of that blank ballot that Emmer “challenged” as an Emmer vote, it is interesting to me that Republicans are so keen to get voter ID verification to prevent election “cheating.” Counting a blank vote for your own team sounds a little like cheating to me. I’m convinced that any voter ID programs would just reduce the number of Republicans cheating. The problem is that it will disenfranchise plenty of poor, elderly and handicapped people from voting too, so I am willing to let a few Republicans cheat to ensure the others can vote.
Is there any excitement that the Twins won the bidding war to attempt to sign Tsuyoshi Nishioka. I have not heard much, but I have heard he seems to be hurt every year. Great, he’ll fit in with the Twins’ other stars…
Finally, I just want to add that half of the families in Minnesota (not individuals, families!) make under $57,000 per year. The Chamber of Commerce and their political arm, the Republican Party, keep pushing for tax cuts. What will a tax cut provide to much more than half the state’s population? Very little, but the cut in education, good roads and public safety have the potential to hurt those families in ways many of us cannot comprehend. Tax cuts for the rich do nothing but line their pockets with money, and they in turn will line the pockets of the politicians supporting that greed. Let’s work on turning this back around in 2012 and electing people who are more concerned about individuals than corporations.